Children’s Book ‘Antiracist Baby’ Criticized By Ted Cruz During Supreme Court Hearings Up 5000% In Sales



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Print sales of the five books that Senator Ted Cruz withheld during his questioning of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson last week rose 869%, according to collective data from NPD Bookscan, putting the books back on the bestseller lists.

Key facts

Sale of anti-racist baby by Ibram X. Kendi peaked at 5,150%, selling 10,814 copies the week of March 20 through 26, following Cruz’s poll on March 22, compared to 206 copies the week before.

Stamped (for children)co-authored by Kendi and Jason Reynolds, sold more than 1,000 copies after the hearings – a 108% increase – and Kendi’s How do you become an anti-racist? sold 545 copies, or an increase of 14% week over week.

Other titles Cruz mentioned saw huge sales growth, including: The End of the Police by Alex Vitale (1.076%) and Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic (116%).

Vitale said in a statement: Forbes he was pleased to see the increase in sales “as a result of Cruz’s unfair attacks on critical race theory,” but added that he is “concerned that such attacks remain a popular feature of conservative politics in the US.”

Representatives of Kendi, Reynolds, Delgado and Stefancic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes

Crucial Quote

†[Attacks on critical race theory] clarify how far we need to go in addressing America’s long legacy of structural racism and its ongoing impact on the economic opportunity and social well-being of black Americans,” Vitale said in a statement.

key background

Jackson completed several days of questioning during her Senate hearing this week, as she is expected to fill Judge Stephen Breyer’s chair when he retires at the end of the term. sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned Jackson’s views on what he called “critical race theory,” which he said was taught at Georgetown Day School, where Jackson serves as a board member. Cruz held up copies of the five titles during his interrogation, calling them “stunning” and “remarkable,” and claiming they were assigned or recommended at the private school. Jackson insisted that in her role as a board member, she has no control over the curriculum at the school.

Surprising fact

anti-racist baby remains the #2 best-selling nonfiction book on Amazon as of Friday, more than a week after Cruz’s interrogation.

What to watch out for

Jackson is likely to be nominated to the Supreme Court, as Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) have pledged to vote for her. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Monday, and Democrats are aiming for a full Senate vote later next week, ahead of a two-week Senate recess.

Read further

Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings: ‘No evidence’ to support GOP criticism of Supreme Court nominee, Bar Association says (Forbes

Ketanji Brown Jackson Hearings: Lindsey Graham tells Supreme Court nominee ‘You’re doing it wrong’ (Forbes

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